Archive 2017


RCC THEATRE PRESENTS Jack and the Beanstalk – Professional Panto in Rye

Rye finally has its own panto! We’re delighted to bring you, in association with Christmas in Rye festival,  a traditional family pantomime with a twist. Join Jackie, Dame Trott, Winchelsea Will, Fairy Nuff, the Maids of Iden, the Ogre of Brede and Romney the lamb on a magical adventure. The cast is made up of local professional actors in leading roles, supported by local youth talent, directed by Jeremy Tustin and produced by Hayley-Marie Axe. This is a homegrown pantomime for all the family, bringing community together! We gratefully acknowledge the support of the ARRCC charity.

Tickets available online at this link and in person at Rye Tourist Centre, Grammar School Records, the ARRCC shop & Rye Creative Centre. For more information, call us on 01797 229797.Opening night: Saturday 9th December 7.45pm – finale of Christmas in Rye Festival

                          Showings continue:

                             Sunday 10th; 2.30pm

              Thursday 14th & Friday 15th; 7.00pm

                    Saturday 16th; 2.30pm & 7.00pm

Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd; 7.00pm

Saturday 23rd; 2.30pm & 7pm

Sunday 24th Christmas Eve; 2.30pm

Tuesday 26th Boxing Day; 2.30pm

Wednesday 27th; 5.00pm

winter salon exhibition – Opened  24 November 2017


Following an overwhelmingly huge response to our Winter Salon Exhibition Open Call we are excited to present no less than 91 artists and over 100  artworks at our forthcoming Rye Winter Salon Exhibition.

Preview: 2-5pm Friday 24 November
Come and meet the artists, find out who is announced as the winner of a solo show in our gallery in 2018 and join us for celebratory refreshments!
Extended opening times: Saturday 25 November 10am-4pm & Sunday 26 November 10am-4pm to coincide with our annual makers’ & designers’ fair ‘Feast of Delights’
Opening times: Friday 24 November 2-5pm, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 10am-4pm, then until 9 December Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 2pm and by appointment.

Directions: Rye Creative Centre, New Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LS

We are delighted to welcome artists from the local area, across the country and as far afield as Ireland, Germany and Italy to Rye Creative Centre for our first Rye Winter Salon exhibition. All works have been selected from over 300 submissions by guest judge Victoria Howarth (Exhibitions Curator, Jerwood Gallery) and our curator at Rye Creative Centre, Paula MacArthur.

One winner from a shortlist of fifteen artists will be awarded a solo exhibition in our gallery in 2018.

Susan Absolon
Judith Alder
Sophie Ansar
Oona Ball
Drew Burrett
Sinèid Codd
Sara Dare
Gareth Kemp
Naty Lopez-Holguin
Neil Metzner
Kate Murdoch
Patrick O’Donnell
Eleonora Roaro
Janet Sainsbury
Alice Walter

Full list of exhibitors:

Susan Absolon, Nic Acaster, Karolina Albricht, Judith Alder, Julia Andrews-Clifford, Sophie Ansar, Duane Bahia Benatti, Oona Ball, Tom Banks, Pippa Barrow,
Mark Beldan, Helen Bermingham, Jill Bourner, Day Bowman, Penelope Boylan, Drew Burrett, Gemma Buxton, Rebecca Byrne, Sarah Carpenter, Helen Cass,
Marc Christmas, Robin Clark, Sineid Codd, Rachel Cohen, Lucy Crowley, Clare Dales, Sara Dare, Jean Davey-Winter, Davies, Monaghan & Klein, Denzil Dean, Liz Doyle, Patrick Edgeley, Gary Edwards, Liz Elton, Stephen Emmerson, Dave Farnham, Robert Fitzmaurice, Carole Flanders, Caroline Fraser, Alison Goodyear, Sonia Griffin, Sharon Haward, Maggie Henton, Richard Heys, Deborah Humm, Jill Illiffe, Lynsey James, Amanda Jobson, Daniel John, Peter Jones, Gareth Kemp,Jane King, Tom Kofoed, Hannah Kynoch, Iris Legendre, Judy Logan, Naty Lopez-Holguin, Ascension Lorente Huguet, Karen Marks, Kate Matthews, Anthony McAndrew, Neil Metzner, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Kate Murdoch, Sarah Nelson, Patrick O’Donnell, Laura Obon, Jon Pountain, Nessie Ramm, Agata Read, Leonie Richardson, Eleonora Roaro, Andrea Robinson, Robinson & McMahon, Jim Roseveare, Brian Rybolt, Janet Sainsbury, Wendy Saunders, Jilliene Sellner, Paul Smith, Angela C Smith, John Stewart, Matthew Swift, Nick Sykes, Andy Thornley, Beverley Thornley, Cat Vitebsky, Alice Walter, Alexandra Wilmott, Tom Wilmott, Jackson Woodcock

Image credit: Caroline Fraser Photography, Beaver Lake 2017


Feast of delights – our annual festive designer & maker’s fair

25-26 November 2017, 10am-4pm

Join us at Rye Creative Centre for our annual festive Designer and Maker’s Fair.
This year, over two days, we’ll be hosting amazing artists and craftspeople along with community entertainment, creative workshops and music. This will be a treasure trove for everyone hunting for unique and special christmas pressies and there’ll be plenty of other activities to join in with.
The Scrummylicious cafe will be open on site serving up excellent homebaking, both savoury and sweet.
We’ll have ample parking and admission is free

Participating makers/artists this year: Mary McFadden Ceramics, Mara Garratti Jewellery, Gemma Textiles handmade clothing, Susan Morris Diomo Glass, Chris Booth art and illustration, Kathy Russell paintings and cards, Georgie Watson prints, Susan Prince Textiles, Anwesha Arya Handmade Paper, Yvette Glaze Ceramics and Prints, Tara Culley, Caroline Fraser photography, Gill Bridgestock, Art in Romney Marsh, Sharon Hulf Jewellery, Fiona Brown lampshades & prints, Siobhan Hart Jones Hand-painted furniture, Louise Bradley-Fisher Ink and Watercolours, Kate Schuricht Ceramics, Angelika Howard & Ellen Prince Handmade socks and more!, Paula Ashe artwork, Tom Pockley woodturner and members of ARRCC Rye handmade gifts.


Saturday 25 November, 9.30pm-3.30pm

During our Feast of Delights Fair this year, why not exercise your own creativity? Join talented artist and educator Julia Andrews-Clifford for a fun workshop. Produce a 3D collage portrait – this could be of yourself, a family member or friend to take home as a unique hand-crafted present this Christmas. All you need to bring is a selection of photographs and images relating to your chosen subject.
This day-long workshop can give you basic skills in collage, composition, mounting and framing.

Cost: £25 per person (includes White Box Frame measuring 20cm by 20cm and all other materials except the photographs you bring to the workshop to work with).
We’ll have a lunchbreak, please bring a packed lunch with you.

For information and to book contact


17 – 21ST MARCH 2017
Wry Rye Comedy Festival tickets are £10 each or £25 for all three comedy performances over the long weekend.
Doors will be open from half an hour before each event begins.
FACILITIES: Disabled Access and toilets, Free Parking on site and Bar

Buy tickets:
Online from
Buy long weekend passes online from
In person at Grammar School Records, 15a High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JF
Phone the box office for tickets on 01797 226827
Or on the on the door

+ Devising for Theatre WORKSHOP with the creators of Eurohouse, suitable for emerging actors & students 14yrs+ Click here for workshop details

Following a critically-acclaimed run at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas’s Total Theatre-nominated EUROHOUSE, co-produced by FellSwoop Theatre, returns for a major national UK tour.

“Bienvenue. Kalosórisma. Welcome. We are so happy to see you all here. Some of you we know rather well, some of you we don’t. But it doesn’t matter, you all look… stunning.”

Two performers – one Greek, one French – dance and shout, cry and sing, agree and disagree, about life in the Eurohouse. A darkly comic look at the EU’s founding ideals and what got lost along the way. Made in transit between Greece and the UK, EUROHOUSE was developed with the help and support of Bios Athens, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, MAYK, Wardrobe Theatre, CPT & Incoming Festival.

Wry Rye Comedy Festival tickets are £10 each or £25 for all three comedy performances over the long weekend.
Buy tickets online from
Buy long weekend passes online from
Phone the box office for tickets on 01797 226827
Or buy tickets on the on the door.

Read the reviews of previous performances here…

“This wonderfully playful, intimate and ultimately moving show … constantly pits idealism against self-interest and pragmatism.” ★★★★ —The Guardian

“An exhilarating, intelligent fusion of theatre & lecture” ★★★★ – Broadway Baby

“Timely and refreshing” ★★★★ —The Reviews Hub
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‘The Starship Osiris’ is a comedy sci-fi farce about an arrogant theatre maker’s failed attempts to put on a show. It contains live music, videography, puppetry and audience participation and is non-stop fun from blast off to touchdown!
Despite a cast that despises him, George Vere will intend to bring you his Sci-Fi masterpiece!

Wry Rye Comedy Festival tickets are £10 each or £25 for all three comedy performances over the long weekend.Buy tickets online from
Buy long weekend passes online from
Phone the box office for tickets on 01797 226827
Or buy tickets on the on the door.

Click on these links to read the reviews!

“Hilarious” ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“An utter joy” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“The Play That Goes Wrong with a f**k-ton more swearing” ★★★★★ The Chocolate Ocelot
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WINNER – ‘Cape Town Fringe Best International Show 2016′        WINNER – ‘IYAF Best Theatre Award 2016’

WINNER – ‘The Stage Award for Acting Excellence 2015’              WINNER – ‘IYAF Best Comedy Show Award 2016’

WINNER – ‘Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence 2015’                WINNER – ‘VAULT Festival People’s Choice Award 2016’

Following sellout runs at London’s Soho Theatre, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016, The Cape Town Fringe 2016 and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016… POLICE COPS is coming to town! THE PRETEND MEN’s critically acclaimed, multi award-winning comedy blockbuster comes to Rye Creative Centre for an action packed hour of adrenaline fuelled physical comedy, cinematic style and uncompromising facial hair.

PRESENT DAY (of 1976). Straight-laced rookie Police Cop Jimmy Johnson is out to avenge his brother’s death, and he’s got to go it alone! (with his partner Harrison). The pair begin digging and soon unearth the soily secrets that the case holds. Police Cops is a cinematic joyride, speeding down Adventure Avenue in a souped-up squad car. Oh, and did I mention…the steering wheel is made out of guns.

Wry Rye Comedy Festival tickets are £12 each or £25 for all three comedy performances over the long weekend.

Buy tickets online from
Buy long weekend passes online from
Phone the box office for tickets on 01797 226827
Or buy tickets on the on the door.

Click on these links to read the reviews!
One of The Guardian’s Top Picks at Edinburgh Fringe Festival – “it’s not just funny, it’s exhilarating” – The Guardian
★★★★★ “Unbeatable physical cop parody” – The Stage

★★★★★ “The juggernaut of cheesy parody” – EdFestMag

★★★★★ “An absolute jewel in the crown” – The Argus